Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vũ Đặng Minh Anh) writes music that explores the interplay between the sound properties and meanings of the words, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a Composer Fellow at the American Opera Project's two-year program Composers & The Voice. In 2017, she received her B.M. in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music.
Winner of the Boston New Music Initiative's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition (2021) and prize recipient of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra's Call for Scores (2020), Ania's music has been performed by leading new music ensembles, including the Daedalus and Mivos string quartets, the TAK ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Kamratōn Ensemble, the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, and sopranos Rose Hegele and Paulina Swierczek. Her music has been featured at the Tanglewood Music Center (USA), Tage Neuer Musik in Regensburg (Germany), International New Music Festival at the University of South Florida, Red Note New Music Festival (USA), Newburyport Chamber Music Festival (USA), Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), SoundSCAPE (Italy), and Women in Music (USA). Main upcoming events include a collaboration with Sō Percussion, a monthly residency at I-Park Foundation, and an autobiographical recital at Penn's Wolf Humanities Center.
Ania is also an accomplished pianist and passionate music educator. For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Piano.
Outside of music, Ania has a deep interest in languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German; currently, she is learning modern Greek. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, and ballroom dancing.